'It will be a challenge even though I won DWTS in Poland' - Meet Dancing with the Stars hunky new addition
Meet the fleet-footed dancer who'll be setting pulses racing on the second series of Dancing With The Stars (DWTS).
Polish hunk Robert Rowinski (33) will be stepping into the shoes vacated by Sean Mullen, who was partnered with Dr Eva Orsmond for the first series and is now competing internationally.
The winner of the Polish version of DWTS says he can't wait to hit the dance-floor on the popular Sunday night programme in January.
"DWTS Ireland is going to be an amazing experience," Robert told the Herald.
"I feel it will be a challenge for me, even though I have the experience of winning DWTS in Poland. It will be a new country, with lots of new people and a different language.
"However, I know I will thoroughly enjoy every minute of the new series and I am very excited to be working with the other pro dancers and Irish stars this season."
When asked what he was hoping to find in his celebrity partner, with a plethora of well-known names already linked with the programme, he said that he would love to get a celebrity with a "great sense of humour".
He added that some "natural rhythm is always a bonus".
No stranger to performing under pressure, Robert competed in five series of DWTS in his native Poland, going on to win his final series.
The winner of the 2012 Polish national championships has gone on to open two dance schools and has also taken part in Canada's Dance Star and One More Dance in London's West End.
With the exception of Robert, the rest of the pro-dancer line-up will remain unchanged, with rehearsals due to start shortly.
Ballyfermot dance star Karen Byrne, who was partnered with Des Cahill for the first series, said that while celebrities were a little hesitant to take part in the debut show, they were clamouring to get involved in the 2018 version.
"It's only when you're on the show that you realise it's such a huge production with such a high standard," she said.
"People were a bit iffy at first about doing it, so the celebrities who signed up for series one were brave as they didn't know how it was going to turn out.
"I'm sure there were a few celebrities that turned it down the first time who are kicking themselves now as it turned out to be such a big success.
"I can't believe the amount of people that want to do it this time around."
However, she advised any celebrity signing up to consider the move very carefully, as they are literally "signing their lives away" for three months.